ven·​tro·​me·​di·​al ˌven-ˌtrō-ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce ventromedial (audio)
: ventral and medial

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ibrahim and his colleagues are looking at other brain regions that play a role in processing pain, especially the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM), which is also located in the brain stem. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 Made up of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, hippocampus and some other regions, the network was first discovered when people were resting. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The second area—cumbersomely dubbed the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus, or VMHvl—is associated with aggression. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2020 Patients with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and people without brain impairments performed a gambling task. Adam Waytz, Wired, 27 Apr. 2020 Many misophonics have more myelin (which insulates neurons and speeds the spread of information) than average in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, an area associated with quick decision-making. Popular Science, 18 Dec. 2019 Conversely, the ventromedial hypothalamus has cell populations that participate in states of fear and respond to sounds or odors of conspecifics but not to aerial predators. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


ventro- + medial

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventromedial was in 1908

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“Ventromedial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



ven·​tro·​me·​di·​al -ˈmēd-ē-əl How to pronounce ventromedial (audio)
: ventral and medial
ventromedially adverb
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